Thursday, August 17, 2006

Pure Hearts See God Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, or those whose minds, motives, and principles are pure; who seek not only to have the external actions correct, but who desire to be holy in heart. Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart. The Pharisees or religioneers as I prefer to call them, make all of their judgments based upon the outward. Only God has the true view of our hearts.

God has no body(not counting the resurrected Christ), and therefore is invisible: but we can discern him with the heart and understanding. But a defiled heart cannot see God: but one must be pure who wishes to enjoy a proper view of “pure being” such as God. Only a pure heart can see God. Maybe that is why Jesus said that we had to be as little children to enter the kingdom. He was saying you have to have a pure heart in order to be with God.

Another way to understand “purity” is without divided loyalty or interests. Obviously the reverse of Jesus’ words are also true, those with impure hearts, shall encounter God not as friend, father, or lover, but as fiery Judge, who righteously passes judgment and condemnation on them.

Reveal to me in my own heart where I have been as a religioneer cleaning up the outside while ignoring the condition of the heart. Jesus, I know in you I am a new creature; old things have passed away. As David prayed, “Create in me a pure heart; that I might not sin against you.” Remove those divide loyalties, and end the civil war that goes on in my heart. You deserve a bride who is faithful and remains pure to you. I am powerless to do this on my own. Let your Spirit and your Word create this transformation in my mind, will, and emotions. Apart from you I am powerless to have this heart. Let the righteousness that exists in my spirit grow in my soul. Let me serve you with my whole being; spirit, soul, and body. The goal of having this pure heart, is not simply better living; but to see God. Lord, let me see you as my lover, friend, and heavenly Father—create in me a clean heart.—Amen!


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